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Killylevin, County Tyrone

Origin

perhaps Ir. Coill an Leamhain ‘wood of the elm’

Background

As always with the element kill in place-names, without some corroborative evidence, it is virtually impossible to state with certainty whether it refers to coill ‘wood’ or cill ‘church, churchyard’. However, one would generally expect to find some historical references to a church or burial ground in the area had there been such, and in Killylevin, there are none.

While the form assigned to John O’Donovan suggests a family name for the qualifier. It is more likely that the -y- component of the contemporary name can be attributed to the dative form of coill, coillidh, or more likely  to the definite article an (cf.Killalevin, Killaleavin, Killaleavyn above).

Having explained this medial syllable, the most probable explanation of the final element is leamhan ‘elm’, in the original form Coill an Leamhain ‘wood of the elm’, comparable to Baile an Leamhain ‘townland of the elm’ which appears as Ballylevin in Cos Donegal and Offaly (logainm.ie).

References

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Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Killolevin1610CPR Jas I 187a
Killalevin1614Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $2 Jac. I
Killalevin1618CPR Jas I 392b
Killolevin1618CPR Jas I 392b
Killaleavin1619Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $4 Jac. I
Killaleavyn1621CPR Jas I 536a
Collolevian1655cCiv. Surv. 278
Colloleuin1661BSD 201
(?)Killikenen1666HMR Tyr. (2) 241
(?)Killyleavin1834cMap in poss. S. Crawford (OSNB) 7
Kililevan1834cOSNB: gen. sources 7
Killolevin1834cOSNB: gen. sources 7
~Coill Ui Leibhin/O''Levine''s Wood1835cJ O'D (OSNB) 7
~Coill Ui Leibhin ""Levin''s wood""1936TNCT 39
Barony
Dungannon Middle
Parish
Donaghmore
Parish in 1851
Donaghmore
Townland
None
Place name ID
9792
Place name type
T